INgrooves – Label Development Manager, Urban (US)

At Ingrooves Music Group, we are committed to powering creativity in today’s dynamic music marketplace by providing the best distribution, marketing, and rights management tools and services to content creators and owners.

We develop state-of-the-art, cost-efficient, and scalable technology platforms. Our partners benefit from our experienced, knowledgeable people, unparalleled commitment to customer service, and thoughtful marketing solutions that drive results. We aspire to be the most transparent and solution-driven partner for all of the labels and artists we work with.

How we LEAD: 

Reporting directly to the SVP, Label Development and indirectly to the SVP, Commercial Strategy, the Label Development Manager – Urban, will focus on the development of key US based urban record labels. This position will manage the day to day activities for distributed labels, working alongside label partners to develop artists and promote distributed music and video content.

A successful candidate will have a strong passion and knowledge of music and pop culture with an excitement for independent label and artist development. They need to be a creative strategist who possess a strong understanding of the opportunities in the digital retail landscape. Preferably, they have experience with metadata best practices and have solid technical capabilities. The Label Development Manager – Urban is based preferably in our New York office. Will consider Los Angeles for the right candidate.

How you’ll CREATE:

Label Management Responsibilities

  • Manage the day to day relationships with US based Urban Label Partners acting as the primary point of contact externally to the label and internally representing your labels’ interests
  • Work with the SVP, Label Development and Label Development team to strategize on growth of US based urban music content on a global level
  • Work to develop a strategic partnership with the US based urban label roster to help guide label level distribution strategy
  • Manage label partners’ priority release campaign logistics from inception through to analysis, working with other internal departments as necessary
  • Implement best practices across all release campaigns and comfortably use internal and external data sources to explain results to artists, labels and managers, and help create action plans from the results
  • Manage assigned label’s physical and digital product logistics and operations, ensuring content is delivered in a timely manner and to required specifications using Ingrooves platforms and systems
  • Managing, organizing and overseeing internal label and release presentations
  • Drive product adoption of Ingrooves’ technology platforms and services across the label roster.
  • Liaise with all internal departments including sales strategy, engagement, video, operations, insights & analytics, finance and legal to ensure all label partners’ business needs are met
  • Lead in business reviews with priority US label partners
Account Support Responsibilities
  • Build and grow strong relationships with urban programmers and key personnel at digital accounts, working alongside Ingrooves account management team
  • Work with Ingrooves engagement team to find and cultivate relationships with external marketing partners, and to advise on best practices
  • Collaborate with labels, artists, managers and Ingrooves team to develop go-to market release strategy for priority projects (new releases and catalog) within urban genres (Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae)
  • Develop and deliver account-specific marketing assets that maximize exposure at digital accounts, and tell the artist/label/project story through digital accounts, leading to monetization
  • Advocate for top labels in the urban genres, keeping key longer-term priorities in play with respective accounts and team members
  • Provide strategy on product launch timelines, social media best practices, marketing elements and other activities that provide best opportunities for monetization
Bring your VIBE:
  • 4 – 6 years’ experience within a label, distribution, management or music company working with labels, managers and artists
  • Passionate about music discovery and a fan of multiple genres of music with the ability to represent Ingrooves in the marketplace
  • Extensive knowledge and relationships in the independent music community
  • Strong relationship builder, creative and resourceful at getting to the finish line
  • Excellent customer service and relationship-building capability – always with a professional demeanor
  • Articulate in written and oral communication
  • Ability to maintain multiple project timelines with close attention to detail while being accountable and responsive
  • Experience with top digital music services, social media applications, and digital music best practices
  • Experience with digital and physical retail distribution
  • Working knowledge of physical production and the physical retail landscape
  • International music business experience a plus

Perks Playlist:

  • Competitive Compensation Package including Salary, Benefits and Generous 401k Savings Plan
  • Paid Time Off – Paid Holidays, “Gift Week”, Summer Fridays
  • Student Loan Repayment Assistance
  • Employee Developmental Support
  • Annual Gym Reimbursement Package
  • Pet Insurance, plus much more!

Universal Music Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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